How to Grow Cactus in a Refinished Wooden Plant Box

How to Grow Cactus in a Refinished Wooden Plant Box

Planting and Caring for Cactus House Plants

Plants are beautiful. Even Cactus. There are many varieties of Cactus. The word Cactus is a classification for the type of plant. The word cactus is used like the word tree. We all know there are many, many types of trees growing on our good green Earth. Same goes for cactuses. There are many types. Some grow big some stay small. All are unique. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Small cactuses make a great addition to any houseplant collection. They can be grown indoors as houseplants. This article will show you how to create a cactus collection in a wooden planter box.

The first thing you will need is a wooden planter box. Make sure it has been refinished before you use it. The wood should be sanded, stained and coated with polyurethane so that it does not absorb moisture and rot. You planted needs not be large. It also does not have to be deep.

Go to a greenhouse or store that sells small cactus plants. My local grocery store sells them. They are easy to find and are not expensive. Choose 6 to 8 small cactus plants. They will come in little flowers pots. If the little flower pots are plastic and not decorative consider buying small ceramic or clay pots to replace them. Your cactus plants will not be planted in the box they will be arranged in the box. They will remain in their little flower pots so you want to be sure that they are pretty.

Add a sandy soil to your new little clay or ceramic flower pots. Use a spoon to make a hole in the center of each filled pot. Gently place your fingers and hand around the base of the planted cactus. Tip it upside down and shake gently to loosen the plant. Remove the small cactus and carefully remove most of the old soil from it. Plant it in the hole you made in the fresh soil then pat and press the plant into place. Pack the dirt down around it's base. Repeat this process for each cactus plant.

When you have finished replanting use a damp cloth to wipe any dirt off of the outside and rim of each flower pot. Place each little flower pot in the wooden planter box. Give the plants a little bit of time to adjust. Wait 24 hours before you water them. When you do water do not add the water directly to soil. Mist the soil and mist the cactus itself. Too much moisture will kill a cactus. They live in hot dry climates and in nature they receive very little moisture. Cactuses do not need to be water daily. A misting every other or every few days is sufficient.